At Hampton Pre-Prep & Prep we believe that the teaching of Science is a vital part of every child’s education. It develops in children an interest and curiosity about the world in which they live along with building their confidence in their ability to enquire into its behaviour. An understanding of Science also plays a key role in pupils’ personal development by enabling them to use the concepts as part of their everyday lives. Science offers the key to understanding the world around us.
Science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Our pupils are encouraged to be open-minded and to try and make sense of what they see and find out through practical investigation and fair testing.
The teaching of Science is based on the programmes of study of the National Curriculum. Across the year groups our pupils learn about a wide range of living things, materials and the ever changing world around them. They begin to make links between ideas and to explain things using models and theories. They apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to current events.
We challenge our pupils to think about the positive and negative effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts. They talk about their work, and communicate ideas using a wide range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts and graphs.
Science lessons take place in our new, state-of-the-art ‘Engine Room’, which offers a flexible, practical place for pupils to learn. Pupils have the opportunity to go on trips including the Science Museum in London, Marwell Zoo and The Stockyard in Bushy Park. We also run science events such as our STEM Fair and STEM Day which include a wealth of opportunities for the pupils to engage in. Linking into Live Lessons with the National Farmers’ Union in the Spring term is also one of the highlights of the year.